by Nora Roberts

November 2006
ISBN: 0-515-14167-4
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Mass Market Paperback

The final battle between the forces of good and evil is finally at hand. The six chosen ones have traveled to Geall, Larkin and Moira’s homeland, to recruit the army that will face Lillith and her evil minions.

Many challenges have been overcome during the quest, and much has been learned. Each member of the circle has grown in power and skill. Perhaps the most startling change has been to Moira, the young girl who may be Queen of Geall. Scholarly and unimposing, Moira has always been eager to learn more about the world, but this task has brought her both strength and sorrow. As she prepares to learn whether she is the next ruler of Geall, she does so with the knowledge that her own parents were killed by Lillith’s plotting.

Moira also must be willing to sacrifice her own family, friends and countrymen as the war will be fought on her homeland. She knows that it will be a brutal battle, with heavy losses, but she cannot turn away from her destiny. She also knows that her fascination with Cian MacCionaoith is unseemly, but also a part of her fate.

As a thousand-year-old vampire, Cian believes that he can resist the allure of humanity. He has not hunted humans for centuries, and has willingly joined the fight to destroy his creator. He sees how others shrink from him in terror, despite his outward appearance, because they fear the demon within. He accepts this as fitting, since he no longer is really human. He cannot understand how he can be attracted to Moira’s fragile beauty and knows that nothing can come of it. She will be the Queen of Geall, and, if he lives through the coming battle, he will still be a vampire. Wishing will not make these obstacles disappear.

Valley of Silence is everything a reader can imagine. It is a fitting finale to the Circle Trilogy, and is so riveting, that the world will fall away as you read the epic tale. There are tears of sorrow and joy to be shed as the chosen ones gather their army and face the destruction of their world. Nora Roberts crafts a plot climax like no other writer, and it is why her fans remain faithful and eager for more. I was wrung out emotionally as I turned the final page, with a lump in my throat. Few authors have that touch, and I am thankful to have read this trilogy in an uninterrupted span. Readers will be amply rewarded for their patience as each novel is released.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Paula.

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